Seth Rollins has quite an impressive SummerSlam record

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Seth Rollins has been a regular standout at WWE SummerSlam Pay Per Views.

Since his first actual match at SummerSlam in 2014, Seth Rollins has been a major part of the Biggest Party of the Summer in WWE. That comes as no surprise, since the first-ever NXT Champion was always earmarked for success, especially when he and his Shield brothers shook up WWE at Survivor Series in November 2012.

Rollins is one of WWE’s biggest stars, and he’s been recognized as such for the last handful of years. In 2020, Rollins will help an up-and-coming star, Rey Mysterio’s son Dominik, shine at the SummerSlam Pay Per View. And based on his track record, you had better believe he is going to deliver an excellent match, even with an opponent who may be “green”.

The Kingslayer’s first SummerSlam match came in 2014 against Dean Ambrose during their acclaimed feud. Rollins won in a Lumberjack match, which was way better than it had any right being. Most Lumberjack matches end up becoming ridiculous, but Ambrose and Rollins put on a show, making it clear that they would become the biggest stars in WWE one day.

And that “one day”, for Rollins, came exactly one year later when he defeated one of the greatest performers in WWE history in a champion vs. champion match. Although the lasting image of the match, for many people, is Jon Stewart’s interference, Rollins and Cena were absolutely killing it before Stewart interjected himself to, in his kayfabed logic, prevent Cena from getting closer to Ric Flair’s world title record. So Rollins got a HUGE win with some mainstream rub, retaining the WWE Title and winning the US Title.

Seth Rollins has almost always been in title matches at SummerSlam

The next year, Rollins and main roster newcomer Finn Balor, previously the longest-reigning men’s champion in NXT history, fought over the new Universal Title. While the crowd annoyingly focused on the new belt, Balor and Rollins quietly had a damn solid match.

SummerSlam 2017 and 2018 carried the same theme, albeit in different ways – Ambrollins.

After teaming up with Jason Jordan, Rollins finally convinced Ambrose to join his side, and the two went on to finally take down the Bar and become Raw Tag Team Champions. Watching them reunite before SummerSlam was a great moment, but watching them win the tag titles together was one of the feel-good moments of the year. As you’d expect, an Ambrollins vs. Bar match was one of the strongest on the card that night.

In 2018, Ambrose evened the odds for Rollins during his rivalry with Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, as he helped Rollins win the title back by making sure Drew McIntyre didn’t cost the Architect again. The two close friends would feud for that same IC Title later that year.

And finally, Rollins’ second-biggest SummerSlam victory came last year in a Universal Title match against Brock Lesnar, as Rollins beat Lesnar in back-to-back matches to accomplish a feat nobody else in WWE has accomplished – beating the Beast Incarnate at both of the biggest Pay Per Views in the same year. People sleep on this match because of how the fans turned on Rollins a couple of months later, but Rollins and Lesnar put on another great one.

As a whole, Rollins has a 5-1 record and has had either a title match or a hot rivalry match in all of his SummerSlam Pay Per Views. Rollins boasts world title wins over Cena and Lesnar at SummerSlam, meaning he’s beaten arguably the industry’s two biggest names of the last decade at the promotion’s second-biggest PPV.

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Rollins is in a different situation during the pandemic at this year’s SummerSlam, but there is no doubt that in a new role where he’s asked to pull a young wrestler up, he’ll succeed. His track record is as solid as it gets.